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Stockport 10 Marshals

12th Nov 2017

We are looking for marshals on the course and helpers at the track for the Stockport 10 that will take place on Sunday 3rd December.

All marshals and helpers will get a Goody Bag, a race tee shirt, medal and you will get 5 points in the Club's Winter Race Series.

If you can help please email Steve Shaughnessy via sshaughnessy [at] btinternet [dot] com.

Winter Race Series Amendments

- 7th Nov 2017

Adlington Winter Warmer is taking place in Wednesday, 27th December and not, as stated on the Winter Race Series list, as 30th December. Apparently only 90 places left, so get entered ASAP.

In addition, Hit the Trail is on the 7th and not the 8th January.

Heyes takes the season opener

- 28th Oct 2017
Manchester league under 13’s team winners:  Thomas Manton, Finlay Mayoh, Jack Ca

Manchester league under 13’s team winners: Thomas Manton, Finlay Mayoh, Jack Catterall

Where Jack Morris left off from last season, so a senior Stockport athlete has put their marker down yet again in the highly competitive Manchester and district cross country league and this was in the form of British indoor 3,000 metre champion Andy Heyes who took the event by the scruff of the neck for a fine victory (32:32) in an exhibition of front running.

Heyes is first claim for Hallamshire and competes second claim for Stockport in this league and also has enjoyed bronze and silver medals in the English cross country championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively so has the required pedigree to excel in this most tough of cross country competitions in the Manchester area.

On an unusually firm course at Heaton Park he gave second placed Joe Steward of East Cheshire Harriers no chance to catch him with Steward recording a finish time half a minute behind in 33:09 and with over 400 competitors towing the start line it was one of the largest fields ever assembled within this league competition.

At junior level, Stockport’s under 13 boy’s team competed with distinction and made “easy meat” of all the opposing teams and they did the local club proud with their efforts which will bode well for the second league meeting next month.

The eventual under 13’s race winner was Thomas Manton who treated himself to a twenty second margin in a highly competitive event and he was well supported by the fifth finish of club mate Jack Caterall and just one place behind and six seconds later, Finley Mayoh closed the Stockport account to give the trio an easy team victory against the other fifteen competing club teams.

The girls under 15’s did likewise and took the team victory with 13 points to second placed Sale Harriers Manchester who posted a score of 18 but in the individual results Sale’s Lara Crawford had it all her own way and was a runaway winner in 19 minutes and 59 seconds to second placed Stockport competitor Alice Davies who stopped the clock in a creditable 21 minutes and 8 seconds.

Close further packing by her team mates consisting of Amy West (3rd – 21:10) and Ellie Parkman (8th – 22:00) made sure of the team victory for Stockport but the size of the victory was only five points so there will be all to play for at the next match which takes place at Boggart hole clough on Saturday, 11th November and as it’s name may suggest, this will be the course with the most mud during this five match cross country league season.

Cross country events continued for the younger end of the age spectrum at the second of the Harriers’ sponsored primary schools cross country leagues at a sunny and for once, firm footing course around the top of Woodbank park and Pownall green school continued to be headed up by year 5/6 competitor Freya Murdoch who took a commanding lead of over 100 metres.

Murdoch who is at home on cross country as she is on trail events made sure of her second win with the other medal positions resulting in the same athletes as the first event being a well earned second place for Sophie Ellwood (Fairway school) and Saffron Meade (Great Moor junior school) taking the bronze medal position.

Not so for the boys years 5/6 with a swap about for the individual honours with Will Bailey (Buxworth school) taking his event ahead of Josh Garrone of Vernon park in second place, so it’s neck and neck and all set for an intriguing third outing taking place on November 25th with individual honours even at the moment.

At the younger age group in years 3 and 4, Imogen Hill made it a second win out of two events representing High lane school whilst Eloise Nickson of Lady barn took the silver medal and for the boys’ equivalent event, Isaac Reed (Rose Hill) saw off the opposition by a good 100 metres to take the winner’s honours for a second time but for 2nd and 3rd positions it was as close as you could call between Sam Oldroyd (2nd - Lady brook) and Bobby Tomlinson of Lacy green who had to settle for the bronze medal which was surely the sprint of the day.

Club kit for Christmas

16th Oct 2017

This is the week to place your orders for Christmas.

Kit Volunteers will be down Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week from 6.45 - 8.18pm for this purpose.

We now have running gloves in for you to order, please come and look at the samples and don’t forget your Stockport Harriers’ hat, they are selling quickly!

For all those distance and cross country runners, don’t forget the hooded rainjacket and the fluor yellow/black long sleeved tops!

There are still a few pairs of New Balance spikes left, 3-5 sprint/long distance. These are available for a donation to Stockport Harriers & AC.

Manchester Area Cross Country League entries

9th Oct 2017

It's the first Cross Country League race of the season this Saturday, 14th October at Heaton Park.

Can you please check that your name is on the list of Stockport Harriers’ athletes competing.

This can be done by going on to the Manchester Area Cross Country League website, Affiliations and Entries, scroll down to relevant Entries 2017/2018.

There are no entries on the day of the race so it is really important that you ensure your name is on the list.

Please contact Alexis Dinsmor or Kevan Garner me if you are not on the list.

Boxing Day 5km run

27th Sep 2017
Star & Garter

The annual Boxing Day 5km Fun run is back in 2017. The Star and Garter did an excellent job in hosting us in 2016 and have kindly offered to do so again.

I know that this run is on some of the local running clubs' event lists, so it should be an enjoyable event.

Why not use it to run off those excess Christmas calories? As usual, we will be donating any profits to Beechwood Cancer care.

There will be trophies presented to the female and male winners as usual and some age group prizes also.

Race takes place Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 10.00am from the Star & Garter, 61 Higher Hillgate, Stockport SK1 3HD.

Entry is free, but we ask for a donation for our charity Beechwood Cancer Care (£6.00 for club runners, £8.00 for everyone else). See the entry options and choose the appropriate one.

Northern Road Relays

- 19th Sep 2017

Congratulations to all the Stockport Harriers' teams who competed at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships on Saturday at SportCity Manchester.

We had a great turnout with ten teams taking part. Under 13 Girls, (19th out of 46) Under 13 Boys, (33rd out of 42), Under 15 Girls (2 teams, 4th and 15th out of 36), Under 15 Boys, (34th out of 43) Under 17 Men, (31st out of 32) Senior Women (2 teams, 10th and 36th out of 66) and Senior Men (12th out of 102).

A special mention must go to Jack Morris who ran the fastest leg overall in the senior men's race.

Well done to everyone who wore a Stockport Harriers' vest on Saturday, you're a credit to the club.

Special mention to parents and helpers, who helped out at the junior races and stayed on to support the senior teams

Membership Secretary vacancy

17th Sep 2017

Membership Secretary Role will be available should anyone wish to seek election at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in November.

A community club is nothing without its members. That’s why this role is so important and particularly important to Stockport Harriers with a large, growing number of members. You’ll not only manage existing memberships, but actively encourage new ones and deal first hand with the members themselves. This is an exciting opportunity for an existing or new club member.

We look forward to welcoming a new face to the management committee at Stockport Harriers.

Please see attached leaflet for further information or contact Mike Frost, Club Chair via mikefrost [at] skathletics [dot] co [dot] uk

Woodbank Park car park entrance closure

16th Sep 2017

The entrance to the main Woodbank Park car park will be closed for 5 weeks from 18th September.

Access to the car park will be via Park Lane for the duration of work on Edwin Street (the road past the Community Centre).

This will obviously cause chaos so please be very considerate for the Park Lane residents.

Saturday open endurance group sessions

15th Sep 2017

Starting Saturday 23rd September

Saturdays 8.45am for 9am start

Meet at the Clubhouse. £1 training fee.

Wear off-road, XC or fell shoes.

Open to All SHAC Athletes from under-13 upwards

Coaches & Athletes from all Groups are encouraged to come along.

Sessions will involve:

  • Warm Up
  • Movement Drills
  • Main Running Session
  • Cool Down & Debrief

Any questions, please email jfrost [dot] stockportharriers [at] gmail [dot] com

About the Sessions:

The session has been set up to create an environment where SHAC Athletes and Coaches can work, learn and develop together, regardless of which Group you coach or train in regularly.

Based on training for the 2017-18 Cross Country season and preparing Athletes for this, the sessions will be led by Senior Club Coach and former England Regional Endurance Mentor Dave Turnbull and National Coach Development Programme Mentees Mike and Pete Nixon but Coaches from all Groups with an interest in Cross Country are encouraged to come along, bring Athletes and get involved.

The sessions will also be supported by Team New Balance Manchester and Coach and former multiple winner of the National Cross, Steve Vernon, with Elite Athletes coming to support occasional sessions. If successful we will also look to deliver a programme of talks on supporting topics such as nutrition, recovery,preparing for competition, etc, with both Club and external speakers invited along.

As a Club we can all benefit from working closer together and we hope to see many Athletes and Coaches in attendance.

Four English junior championship medals for Stockport

- 7th Sep 2017
Abigail Pawlett (75m hurdles), Emily Misantoni (800 metres), Katie Waterworth (l

Abigail Pawlett (75m hurdles), Emily Misantoni (800 metres), Katie Waterworth (long jump), Abigail Pawlett (100 metres).

How are the mighty fallen: It was most unfortunate for junior Harrier Emily Misantoni who has coasted through every competition presented to her throughout the summer season at 800 metres to suffer a trip in the top race of the year at Bedford being the English junior track and field championships.

However, the Stockport athlete was made of sterner stuff than many a competitor who would have folded and she picked herself up, dusted herself down and chased the pack and overtook them again but unfortunately the trauma of a fall at 800 metres takes for a lot of determination and in the end she made the finish line in third spot which still got her onto the medal rostrum in a greatly respectable time of 2:16.

However no such unfortunate problems for club colleague Abigail Pawlett who's sprinting and hurdling exploits continue to impress and she secured the gold championship medal for the 100 metres sprint in a time of 12:04 at the Bedford stadium and then went in the sprint hurdles event the next day to record a runner's up spot with a huge personal best of 11:08 and missed out on the win by just 1/100ths of a second.

Katie Waterworth went in the under 17's long jump competition to record a useful third spot (5:55) and just managed to edge out fellow competitor and national indoor champion Pippa Earley of Kingston A.C. from the medals table by a mere one centimetre whilst a considerable distance from Bedford, Stockport's Amy Battle competed in the under 15 girls' pentathlon at the Yorkshire combined events championships to record a useful second overall finish and made it a personal best in the long jump discipline with a huge leap of faith to record 4.75 metres.

The local trail running season wrapped up with the third of the Bramhall runners Happy Valley food bank 5 kilometre events and team Stockport did not disappoint and took the first three male places consisting of George Cooke who subbed 20 minutes by just one second (19:59), Paul Brooks took the silver medal in 20:37 and first veteran's spot and Ian Murdoch completed the overall winning trio in a time of 20;59 and additionally was the second veteran to finish.

Stockport Ladies were to the fore as well with Ruth Sinclair taking off at a rate of knots from the Ladybrook public house to record a ninth overall position in 22:15 and followed in by Faye Jasmine Waterhouse who finished 18th in 23:36 which secured the first and second ladies' finishes for Stockport Harriers.

Complete beginners' course

- 5th Sep 2017

Our next beginners' course starts on Tuesday, 19th September. This course is suitable for people who have no running experience and we start with more walking than running but gradually evolve into more running than walking until by week 8 we are running for thirty minutes continuously.

The course is fully supported by an England Athletics Level 2 Coach.

We will meet outside The Community Centre, Turncroft Lane, Stockport SK1 4BN on Tuesday, 19th September at 7.00pm. Cost for the full 8 week course is £24.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

Winter Race Series

- 4th Sep 2017

Please find attached details of a Winter Race Series for all senior members of Stockport Harriers.

My main reason for organising this series is to encourage as many members as possible to take part in the Manchester Area Cross Country League and this series has been incorporated into other (mainly) local races between October and March to enable the series to be as competitive as possible.

Any queries please contact me. 

Senior women’s road relay and cross country championship entries

- 25th Aug 2017

If you are interested in taking part in any of the events detailed below please let me know and I'll forward further details and compile a list. Please note that you must be a member of the club and be registered with England Athletics.

Any queries, please contact me. 

Road Relays

North West Counties

Blackpool, Saturday, 9th September
Entry deadline 31st August.


East Lands, Manchester, Saturday, 16th September
Entry deadline 5th September


Sutton Park, Birmingham, Saturday, 7th October

Northern 6/12 Stage

Blackpool, Saturday, 25th March 2018

National 6/12 Stage

Sutton Park, Birmingham, 14th April 2018

Cross Country Relays


Graves Park, Sheffield, Saturday, 21st October
Entry closing date 13th October


Long Eaton, Nottingham, Saturday, 28th October
Entry closing date 13th October


Berry Hill, Mansfield, Saturday, 4th November

Cross Country Championships

Greater Manchester

Heaton Park, Manchester, 7th January 2018


Harewood House, Leeds, Saturday, 27th January 2018


Long Eaton, Nottingham, Saturday, 26th February 2018
Entry closing date approx 30th December

Manchester Area Cross Country League entries

17th Aug 2017

Entries for the 2017/8 Manchester Area Cross Country League need to go to Kevan Garner (men) or Alexis Dinsmoor (ladies).

Any members who competed last season’s League will be automatically entered for this season.

All members will need to have paid their England Athletics registration fee.

League dates/venues:

Saturday 14th October 2017
Heaton Park, Manchester

Saturday 11th November 2017
Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester

Saturday 2rd December 2017
University Playing Fields, Wythenshawe

Saturday 13th January 2018
Woodbank Park, Stockport

Saturday 10th February 2018
Wythenshawe Park, Manchester

Entries for the University Cross Country Relays on the 28th October need to go to Kevan/Alexis as well.